Charles III officially became King of Britain: the ceremony took place in the presence of 2,000 guests. Online broadcast with photos and video
Distinguished world leaders, the royal family and subjects of the United Kingdom gathered in London, United Kingdom, on May 6 to witness the historic event - the coronation of the eldest son of the late Elizabeth II, 74-year-old Charles III and his wife Camilla. 2,000 guests arrived to greet the monarch, including a delegation from Ukraine - First Lady Olena Zelenska and Prime Minister Denis Shmygal. The solemn procession to Westminster Abbey began at 12:20 p.m. Kiev time, and the service began at 1 p.m.
The celebrations will last until 16:30 and will end with the ruler being congratulated from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. OBOZREVATEL has a live online broadcast of the first coronation in Britain in 70 years (to see a photo, scroll to the end of the page).
What is planned for May 6.
- At 12:20 p.m. a procession with carriage, military and led by the King and Queen will march through London to Westminster Abbey.
- At 1:00 p.m. the church service will begin, witnessed by the King's distinguished guests, who have been arriving at the coronation site since the morning. During the ceremony, Charles III will be introduced to the people, after which he will recite the solemn oath, undergo the steps of the anointing, the investiture and the king will take place and be enthroned.
- After the service, the king and queen will go to Buckingham Palace and take to the balcony. All guests and subjects will be treated to a show of British aviation, which will close the first day of the coronation ceremony. In all, Britons will celebrate for three days, so Monday is a day off in Britain.
Read more about invited guests and the program of the 3-day celebration in our material. By the way, the Russian and Belarusian dictators were not invited to the ceremony. See here who else they did not want to see in London.
Ukrainians at the coronation
The Ukrainian president's wife arrived in London two days ago, where she has already managed to communicate with the monarch, Kate Middleton and other members of the royal family. Olena Zelenska also visited Downing Street at the invitation of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murthy.
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15:40. A drone was spotted above the procession, which was hastily eliminated.
15:35. The monarchs drive up to the palace, where their subjects await them.
15:25. It became known that Prince Harry, who arrived without his children and wife Meghan Markle, got into a car and drove off in an unknown direction.
15:20. A pompous procession, with 4,000 troops and an orchestra, moves through London.
15:08. The procession headed back to Buckingham Palace.
15:00. The king and queen leave the abbey and board the carriage.
14:44. The rulers made their way to St. Edward's Chapel, where the return procession to Buckingham Palace will begin.
14:41. Charles III and Camilla say goodbye and leave Westminster.
14:30. Guests watch the King and Queen take communion.
14:15. Charles III's wife was crowned, bringing the royal attributes to her. The crown of Queen Mary was passed to her.
14:10. Prince William swore allegiance to his father on his knee. By tradition, all members of the royal family should have done so, but only the eldest son approached the monarch.
14:05. The king ascended the throne.
14:02 The king is wearing the crown. Charles III is officially crowned.
13:35. The ruler was handed a sword. The investiture phase began.
13:33. The anointing took place. A screen was placed around the king.
13:29. Prayers and church songs were given out. The Ascension Choir performed.
13:26. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak took the floor and read from the Apostle Paul's letter to the Colossians.
13:16. Ruler says the oath and kisses the Bible.
13:13. The king is introduced to the people. This is the first part of the service.
13:09. "God Bless King Charles," the audience resounds.
13:05. The ceremonial coronation of the king and queen by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has begun.
1:03 p.m. "I didn't come to be served, but to serve," the monarch said.
13:01. To the singing of the choir, Queen Camilla entered behind her husband.
12:58. His Majesty, accompanied by his pageboys, walked in on his guests. What mission his grandson George is on can be read here.
12:57. The crown was solemnly brought into the hall. Read more about her and the man's "curse" - read more here.
12:54. Invited heads of state and royalty stood before His Majesty.
12:50. The King enters Westminster, where about 2,000 guests await him eagerly.
12:45. A procession arrives at Westminster Abbey with a band and military personnel.
12:41. Charles III's sons, Princes William and Harry, arrive at Westminster Abbey. Kate Middleton and Princess Beatrice also entered the hall.
12:40. Guests continue to arrive for the coronation. Among them: the King and Queen of Spain, the Prime Minister of Canada and his wife, the King of Sweden and the Crown Princess, the President of France and the First Lady, former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife, and others.
12:35. The monarchs are accompanied by the military.
12:30. King Charles III and Queen Camilla are on their way to Westminster Abbey.
12:23. A video broadcast of the coronation has begun. You can watch here.
12:20. The carriage has arrived.
12:15. Almost all the guests have arrived at Westminster Abbey. The king and queen are expected to arrive.
12:10. Detentions began outside the palace because of a breach of public order.
12:06. The first pictures of King Charles III have appeared.
11:55. Guests continue to arrive at Westminster Abbey, including not only heads of state, but also stars. Singer Katy Perry, U.S. First Lady Jill Biden and the Ukrainian delegation - Elena Zelenskaya and Denis Shmygal - came to congratulate the king.
11:30. King Charles III and his wife arrive at Buckingham Palace by car, where the procession will begin
It should be noted that many Ukrainians call the King of Great Britain Charles III, as they do in Russia. However, it is correct to call the new ruler exactly Charles III, think the Ukrainian literati. Read more about why this is so - follow this link.
As wrote earlier OBOZREVATEL, while the coronation of Elizabeth II was more than 8000 people, it is expected that at the ceremony of Charles III will be only 2000 people. The event will take place on a smaller scale than in 1953. However, a record £250 million has been set aside for preparations.
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